Rising Sun Powder Cats, Japan - Feb 6th, 2020

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Rising Sun Powder Cats, Japan - Feb 6th, 2020

Postby ChrisC » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:43 pm

Rising Sun.

I want to absolutely love it - except they had the worst snowcats ever. Like our brake failed on the way home - but they used reversed to get us home on the corners.

The skiing was awesome - I just wished I could see some giant cliffs / rollovers - before commiting at them

The best they sent a photographer with us.
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Re: Rising Sun Powder Cats, Japan - Feb 6th, 2020

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:29 pm

I think cat skiing in Japan is still a bit rough around the edges. In 2016 we signed up for two days/one overnight with Shimamaki Snowcats. We were cancelled and refunded because they didn't have enough snow yet. That was their first year of operation and I read later they only had 400 acres then. In general I'd like to see some kind of track record before signing up for the snowcat.

Currently reviews of Hokkaido Backcountry Club are excellent. But very few of the reviews are from Shimamaki. HBC is a general guiding outfit possibly affiliated with Black Diamond Lodge, with whom I skied 3 lift assisted guided days in 2011 and 4 in 2016. Both companies offer pure backcountry touring options. Reviews also mention cat skiing at Chisenupuri, which I skied lift served in 2011. The lift is now shut down, and while I had a nice day there after Niseko was tracked out, I would not pay cat prices for 1,000 vertical of mostly low intermediate terrain. Shimamaki is probably worth investigating now if conditions are right.

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